The pervasive stench of death looms over Jessica and Seth's visit to his cousin's South Carolina plantation.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
David Byron ...
Dan Wilkes
Margaret Barkley
Kendall Ames
Evelyn Colby
Billy Ames (as Patrick Y. Malone)
Sergeant John Lindley
Buford Hazlitt
Rob Hazlitt
Nina Larson
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
James Staszkiel ...
Cory Davis (as James Staskel)
Greg Callahan ...
Edward Delaney
Walt Beaver ...
Dr. Travis
G. Eric Miles ...
Deputy Tom Ardmore


Seth's cousin Buford has a newly-developed magnolia, a contract for it with a company who will do anything to get possession, a co-researcher with differing opinions, a girlfriend who may be more interested in money than love, when a stepdaughter with her hand out. When he is murdered, there are more than enough suspects to bewilder the county sheriff. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Although Buford Hazlitt is revealed here to be Seth Hazlitt's cousin, his brother Mark is stated in "Curse of the Daanav" to be his only relative. See more »

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Filmed at the Arboretum
3 April 2016 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

All of the outdoors exterior scenes of this episode: "Murder, She Wrote," "The Scent of Murder" (Season 11, Episode 12, that aired January 9, 1995), were filmed on the 127-acre grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA.

The productions crew used the waterfall at the base of Tallac Knoll, the Old Fashioned Rose Garden, the Celebration Garden, the Herb Garden & the Tropical Greenhouse.

What wasn't used in this episode is the Lagoon and the landmark Queen Anne Cottage (originally built in 1885), which was used in the November 1989 episode, "Night of the Tarantula" with guests Hurd Hatfield, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, John Rhys-Davies & Shani Wallis. The Lagoon & Cottage are best known for their extensive use as Mr. Rourke's (Ricardo Montalban)home on "Fantasy Island" - Rourke's diminutive right-hand man, Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize)filmed his now-iconic, "de plane, de plane!" from the Cottage's bell tower.

Arcadia is just east of Pasadena in the San Gabriel Valley, approx. 20 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. The Arboretum is directly across the street (Baldwin Ave.) from on of horse racing's finest tracks, Santa Anita.

It should be noted that filming began at the Arboretum in the early 30s when the Lagoon was used for the Johnny Weissmuller-Maureen O'Sullivan "Tarzan" adventures, including "Tarzan Escapes" in 1936.

As it happens, I did public relations/publicity & promotion at the Arboretum in the mid-80s.

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